Tahitian Pearl 10mm Stud Earrings - GreyIPurple Overtone
The Pearl Collection:
Tahitian Pearl 10mm Grey/Purple Overtone Stud Earrings
Just gorgeous! These hand-picked, natural Tahitian Pearl stud earrings will be your go-to classic. Wear with casual or elegant wear any time, day or night.
Each pearl distinctively refracts + reflects light, displaying its own veritable colors. This unique pair caught our eye for it's distinctive lustre and beautiful grey and light purple overtones.
- 10" diameter AA+Tahitian Pearls with grey and light purple overtones
- 14K gold-filled earring post with butterfly backing
- You will receive the exact item pictured
Find the pearl that speaks to you. Whether it be the color, shape and/or size, think how long it took nature to create in the Pacific and the labor of love it took to bring it to you. All Tahitian pearls are absolutely beautiful. You will be absolutely delighted with these distinctively timeless classic pearls.
(Tahitian pearls are created by nature and therefore each pearl is unique in size, texture, color and shape)
About Tahitian Pearls
Tahitian Pearls are naturally black or charcoal grey saltwater pearls from the tropical islands of French Polynesia. They are named Tahitian pearls because they are exported from the island of Tahiti, and the Tahitian Ministry of Pearl Culture sets the quality standards for all pearls leaving the islands. They are not actually cultivated on the island of Tahiti - they are farmed throughout the island chain's various atolls and lagoons.
Culturing Tahitian pearls takes an average time of 2 years, which includes the host oyster to layer the bead nucleus with nacre and does not include extensive human labor to take the pearl from oyster to sale. The Ministere de la Perliculture of Tahiti enforces strict quality guidelines on all pearls leaving the islands, including a minimum nacre thickness of 0.8mm around the bead nucleus, otherwise the pearl is destroyed and the nuclei recycled.
The pearls are bared from the saltwater pearl oyster named Pinctada margaritifera or Bearer of Pearls in Latin, which is known for producing sizes from 8 to 16 mm in diameter and a wide range of body base colors from light to dark grey and black. The gorgeous overtones include peacock (a mix of green hues), gold, rose, silver, greys, blues and greens. More well renown overtones include aubergine (eggplant purple), bronze, pistachio green, chocolate and gold.
Tahitian pearls come in a variety of shapes - from smooth, symmetrical tear-drops, to perfect rounds to heavily circled baroques, and highly asymmetrical free-form shapes.
Round Tahitian pearls are more valued than baroque pearls. And smooth, drop-shaped Tahitians are more valuable than heavily circled baroques due to the amount wide margin of round pearls versus baroque pearls that are harvested annually.
Tahitian pearls are graded on the A-D Grading Scale by the farmers and auctions, however the A-AAA scale n the US is used to describe the differences between the various grades.
Generally, we sell AA to AAA quality pearls. Our AAA Quality Tahitian pearls have less than 10% blemishing on each pearl as well as the necklace or bracelet overall, and the luster will be bright, but slightly softer and more satiny than an Akoya pearl. There will be good reflection in the surface and reflected light sources will show some fuzzing or blurring on the edges.
AA+ Quality pearls are off-round to slightly oval or drop-shaped, and feature less than 15% blemishing on the pearls. The luster will be visibly softer, with visible blurring of reflected light sources. You will still be able to see your face in the pearl's surfaces, but not all details.
Remember that pearls are created by nature and you may find that your pearls have minor dents, pin pricks, dimples, scoring, mottling or bulleting of the pearls' surfaces and sometimes nubbins (unusually shaped areas).
The trick is to find pearls that balance beauty with quality; for instance some AA Quality strands will feature up to 30% blemishing on each pearl, but if the colors are very intense and the luster is bright enough, you probably won't be focusing on the inclusions very much, but instead are dazzled by the colors.
See Care for the recommended care of all pearls, semi-precious gemstones, gold and silver.